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Give yourself time to ripen

Give yourself time to ripen

Maxywell Carlton, Staff Writer
March 21
Filed under Opinion

A tomato doesn't start off ripe, red and ready to be picked. It first must grow until the point in its life when it's ready to turn red. This can be said for the average college student. Fresh out of high school, many graduates’ fall plans are to attend college, to get a degree in something...

Finding your best friends

Finding your best friends

Grace Poynter, Staff Writer
March 14
Filed under Opinion

I am a firm believer in meeting the greatest friends of your life in college. For those who choose not to attend college, there are other places you meet those life-long friends. But college is the best place. Freshman are generally concerned whether or not people will like them. Sometimes...

Professor problems

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
February 21
Filed under Opinion

As far as instructors and professors go, the students here have it pretty good. For the most part, students express high praise for those who have taught them. However, majority of professors are not the issue. The issue resides with the small percentage of professors whose names are said with...

Major shaming

Bailey Meenach, Staff Writer
February 21
Filed under Opinion

“Do you want fries with that?” “Are you really wasting your parents’ money on that?” “You don’t really need to study do you?” “You wouldn’t understand. You’ve never taken hard classes before.” I have heard every single one of these statements and more during my...

Guns and college students: is there room for both on campus?

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
January 24
Filed under Opinion

It is my constitutional right to defend myself. A university hosted town hall meeting discussed House Bill 1258 which would prohibit universities from banning legally owned guns on campus. It is my constitutional duty to be an informed and responsible citizen. Considering the following, I...

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor
January 17
Filed under Opinion

  Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The conservative elephant walking around a liberal arts college proudly proclaiming she plans to be a journalist. I am the elephant. While I identify as an Independent, I would be lying if I said my views do not fall mostly with the cons...

Preparing for life after school

Preparing for life after school

Brandon Cole, Opinion Editor
October 12
Filed under Opinion

Rejection is the biggest fear in the college environment. Being comfortable in your own skin is a lesson everyone should learn, freshman year.

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Life with a “little me time”

Osman Bien Aime, Staff Writer
August 24
Filed under Opinion

I’m standing on a street corner in Nashville, sending a text to a friend. “Sorry man, I’m not home today,” I type before heading toward an art museum. Today’s my day off, and as I make my way through the heart of this giant city, all I can think is “I needed this.”

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(GALLERY) ‘It’s so beautiful’

(GALLERY) ‘It’s so beautiful’

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
August 17
Filed under Features

Light rain pattered the sidewalks as freshman Alicia Fredrick and her mother, Katherine, arrived on campus the evening of Aug. 16. The two were all smiles after a three-day road trip from California.

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Tough to give thanks

Morgan Falconer
November 11
Filed under Opinion

“Oh, your friend’s pretty okay, for a black feller.” “You can have your husband do that for you when you’re older.” “People are gay because they have shoulder demons.” Yes, these are things people said, and not just any people—my own family members. Thanksgiving is coming up, and...

Events on campus ease veterans’ transition to college

Rachel Christian
February 3
Filed under News

Joel Matherly doesn't think veterans at USI are getting all the help and resources available to them. He would know - Matherly, a USI alumnus who now works in the Veterans' Support Services Office, was once a student vet himself. “Student veterans are non-traditional students,” he said. “A lot...

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